[This project is from this youtube video by CraftKlatch.]
What you need to make these things:
- disposable cup filled with water
- nail polish
- waxed paper or kitchen parchment to protect work surface
- glass rocks/cabochons
- crescent wrench
- nail pilish remover
- topcoat or Triple Thick glaze and a paintbrush
- findings (ring bases, pendant bails)
- glue like jewelry and metal glue or Household Goop
Okay, first you need to adjust your wrench so it will hold a glass pebble. (Using the wrench is a thing directly from the video, I didn’t just pull this out of my ass.)
This is tricky.
Next, start dripping polish onto the water. You should only need a few drops of each. The first color I put in did this, which kind of freaked me out:
But then it turned out the other colors sort of did the same thing. Given later experience, I’m going to go ahead and say this has something to do with the temperature of the water. If you want more cohesion, use colder water.
So drip a few colors of nail polish on the water, then give it a quick stir with the toothpick:
Then use the wrench to quickly dip the glass stone into the cup, and—
It will immediately fall out of the wrench’s grip and plummet to the bottom of the fucking cup.
I nail-polished up a pair of pliers trying to get it out, and finally had to go dump out all the goddamn water so I could get at the piece of glass. Which didn’t really have any color on it anyway.
SO, I decided I would just do this with my hands, because the wrench thing wasn’t working.
It turns out that if you use colder water, don’t stop at every point to take pictures and don’t drop the glass, this works fairly well. You can even get two pieces out of one application:
Plus you get this cool marbled effect on your hands!
Gloves. Gloves might do the trick.
Let the gems dry completely. Now you’re going to find out that another problem with this project is that the fucking nail polish will stick to the front of the gem as well.
So you’re going to need to clean them off with some nail polish remover. Plus you need to clean the polish off the wrench.
The fumes can get pretty strong with this part. You may want to open a window or do the whole project outside. Whatever you do, don’t decide to smoke anywhere near this shit. Nail polish remover probably won’t catch fire if you drop a match in it, but the vapor—whoa.
Next you put a backing color on top of the marbling. This may take a few coats. You have to be careful what color you use to back these, too. I lost one because you couldn’t see it over the black.
There’s another video by the same person about using crackle nail polish on glass pebbles, so since I have a crackle polish (got it by accident), I gave it a go while the other pieces were drying.
First, put a coat of base-coat polish or clear nail polish on the bottom of the gem, and let that dry. Then, paint the gem thickly with the crackle polish, and let it crack.
Then you put on a backing color, like the others. This won’t work without the initial coat of polish.
You’re supposed to use topcoat for the protective layer on your marbled glass, but since I’m running out of that I used Triple Thick instead.
Let the glaze dry for at least an hour before you glue on the ring bases or what have you.
Once the glue cures, you’re all set.
They make weird rings, but kind of pretty pendants?
Plus you get to play with a wrench!
time: six to seven hours, plus the glaze won’t really be viable for 24 hours
cost: geez, like 30 bucks? Cost severely lessened if you use only dollar store nail polish, but bail and rings cost, too. Not to mention glaze/topcoat (the topcoat is more expensive than the glaze, usually)
injuries: the fumes gave me a fucking MASSIVE headache
I split this up into two lots again, but both in the same listing this time.